Wesley C. Drumm, age 91, a resident of Manito­woc, Wis., and a part-time resident of Three Lakes, Wis., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.

Wes was born on March 19, 1928, in Manitowoc, to the late Elmer and Ruth (Linder) Drumm.

After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country until his honorable discharge.

Wes then returned to the Manitowoc area to work at the family business, The Metal Ware Corp. He was an entrepreneur always working to come up with ideas with his engineering mind. He was exceptionally good at picking a product he could manufacture in his factories, get a retailer to put it on his shelf, and then get the customer to come and buy it. 

Over his 60-year span as president of the company, Wes had diversified and grown the business through numerous product patents, plant additions and business acquisitions including the legendary Nesco Roasters and American Harvest Food Dehydrators. He was always proud to donate “a Nesco” to a good cause, along with a little cooking lesson.  During his career, Wes supported numerous trade associations, as well as his community, serving on a number of boards. He had traveled the world with Gov. Tommy Thompson on various trade missions. 

Throughout his life, though, his real passion was with his wife and family at their cottage in Three Lakes. Their family history goes back to the 1800s when his great aunt and uncle moved to Three Lakes from Sweden and operated Swartz’s Deer Lodge, which later became Honey Rock Camp. Legend has it that they owned a fair amount of the east shore of Long Lake and built much of Highway X by hand.

His mother and father built a home on Long Lake in the 1950s, and he bought the family cottage on Townline Lake in the late 1960s.

He and Marilyn taught their four kids growing up how to swim, ski, snowmobile, boat, cook and generally enjoy and take care of the beautiful Northwoods. Those family friendships still continue today through his children with their neighbors on Lowen Road. Nothing was more precious to him than “a weekend up North.”  

Survivors include Wes’ current wife, Judy Carey, Manitowoc; three children, Curtis (Marisue) Drumm of Manitowoc and Three Lakes, Lynn Drumm of Brown Deer, and Karen (Mike) Mitch of Mequon; two grandchildren, Emily and Charlie Mitch; and many other relatives and friends.

Wes was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Ruth Drumm; his first wife and mother of his children, Marilyn Yankee Drumm (originally from Rhinelander, Wis.); one son, David Drumm; and sister, Janice Frische. 

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials in Wes’ name to the new Three Lakes Dog Park, or another charity he would support.

Dad and Mom, thank you for everything, and may you rest in peace. Three Lakes will always hold a very special place in our hearts. We miss you dearly.